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Reserve Officers gain opportunity at Minnesota State Fair

Nearly 1.8 million people stop by the Minnesota State Fair every year.

A police force of nearly 200 officers protects all 320 acres of the fairgrounds.

47 of those officers are actually reserves, which means they're not quite officers yet.

Reserves have been getting an opportunity to gain experience here since 1965.

Working the fair is a great chance to network for a future job.

Brooke Blakey, Minnesota State Fair Police said, "These are officers who are trying to become police officers. So some of them are post certified and waiting to get offers from departments they're applying."

In the past five years, 17 reserve officers have gotten jobs at local departments.

The fair runs through labor day.